Mystery of the Troubled Toucan is a great read for those who like adventure stories. Bilingual readers who can read Spanish or Portuguese will enjoy the phrases in different languages scattered throughout the book. I love how the girls are strong-willed and come up with a plan to stop an injustice. I will definitely be reading the other books in the Pack-n-Go Girls series!
Lisa writes with such imagery you feel you’re in the rainforest as the girls experience various animals, plants, food and even the Portuguese language. Reading the story made us want to read more about Brazil and get on an airplane to experience it all ourselves!
Travis writes clearly and engagingly, infusing the story with information about conservation and the rainforest, as well as Portuguese vocabulary (a glossary is included). Turner’s b&w cartoon spot illustrations do a fine job of capturing the local flora and fauna, while tapping into the unfolding mystery and the camaraderie between the girls.
I loved how the book helped my 7-year old travel without leaving home. The best part is when she added Amazon Rainforest to her list of must visit places. The author’s description of the Amazon Rainforests gets a big thumbs-up. When a book inspires a child to travel, I think the purpose is served. Also, I really liked how the protagonist Sophia is portrayed as a strong, brave problem-solver. No cheesy, sparkly similes and metaphors in this book. My daughter wants to read the other books in the series. Again another win.
I think we’ve found a new favorite. My 6 year-old and I sat down to read one of the Pach-n-Go Girls Adventures—Mystery of the Troubled Toucan—and when I was called away for other mama duties he just kept on reading it by himself. If that isn’t the seal of approval then I don’t know what is.
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